Melbourne: After the sudden increase in cases of Coronavirus infection in South Australia, many cricketers from Australia were airlifted to New South Wales. These include many players from the Australian Test team too. Cricket Australia (CA) players who have taken second place via chartered flights include Australian Test captain Tim Paine, Marnus Labushan, Matthew Wade and Travis Head.
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Cricket Australia has taken this decision so that the domestic cricket season can be saved as well as the upcoming series against India is not affected. Apart from these, those players have also been airlifted to another place, who are going to participate in the Australia-A team and Big Bash League (BBL) starting next month.
South Australia had said on Sunday that the corona virus cases had started increasing suddenly and on Monday its number had reached 17. However, on Tuesday, this number has come down to 5. The governments of Western Australia, Tasmania and The Northern Territory have decided to close their borders. At the same time, Queensland has made a two-week quarantine rule for people coming from Adelaide.
After the decision of these governments, in order to ensure the safety of their players to CA and BBL club, it was decided to take them by charter plane to the place where they have to play matches. CA is taking full precaution regarding the important series to be held with India. Fresh cases of Corona have been reported in Adelaide and despite this, CA is confident that there will be no need to transfer the first day-night Test match between the two teams to the Adelaide Oval.
The CA had said on Monday that it was running to ensure that the first Test match would be played in Adelaide. CA said that it is still preparing for the historic day-night Test match between the two teams and it is moving in the right direction.